Andy Cole was left bemused by Gary Neville’s criticism of Paul Pogba after the midfielder missed a penalty in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.
United swept Chelsea aside with a 4-0 victory on the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign, but dropped points at Molineux after Pogba’s effort from 12 yards was saved by Rui Patricio.
Marcus Rashford converted a first-half penalty against Chelsea but on Monday, after a brief on-field discussion with Pogba, it was decided that the Frenchman would do the honours.
Neville described Pogba’s behaviour as an ‘act of treachery’ and Cole has hit out at his former team-mate’s comments.
‘I didn’t see Marcus kick up a stink about it so Marcus was comfortable about giving him the penalty,’ the ex-United striker told talkSPORT.
‘We are talking about Paul missing a penalty when the goalkeeper makes a very, very good save.
‘I get on well with Gary Neville, but when people start talking about treachery and all that… come on, this is a sport. Let’s get real. We love football but when we start talking on those levels, he left me scratching my head a little bit.
‘He didn’t do it on purpose. The goalkeeper made a very good save. Yes, Marcus scored a penalty against Chelsea the week before but if Marcus was comfortable and Paul was comfortable we have to get on with it and move on.’